CAIT LAMBASTED GOVT FOR NOT INVITING FOR E COMMERCE POLICY MEETING
BLAMED FOR CARRYING SOME HIDDEN AGENDA
The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has expressed its deep resentment and anguish to Union Commerce Minister Shri Suresh Prabhu in a communication sent today for not being invited for meeting of the Ministry with Industry for formulation of policy on e commerce.
CAIT Secretary General Mr. Praveen Khandelwal in the communication said that “We have learnt that the next meeting of the “Think Tank” with Industry for drafting E Commerce Policy has been scheduled to be held on 21st June,2018 and as usual your Ministry has neither invited us nor the online vendors though we are one of the most crucial and critical stakeholders of E Commerce business in India. Such an attitude is highly regretted and we are unable to understand as to why we have been left out with the consultation process.
Mr. Khandelwal further said that needless to mention that CAIT was the first organisation in the Country which raised the demand of creation of a E Commerce Policy because of ill -effects of current e commerce business on offline traders who are feeling the heat of Mal-practices being adopted by E Commerce Companies since their inception in their lust to wipe out the competition, control & dominate the retail trade both offline and online.
The CAIT is advocating with the Government since last 4 years to take effective steps to stop the malpractices on e commerce. “As any outcome of the discussions will directly affect our traders, we were expecting to receive an invite from the Government to join the discussions. It seems there might be some hidden agenda which prompts us to keep out of the discussions”-said the CAIT.
Mr. Khandelwal further said that any policy crafted with due consultation with all stakeholders is bound to create resentment and anguish. Merely inviting E commerce Companies and few of individual Industry will not suffice the purpose unless the real stakeholders, the traders both offline and online are not invited and made equal part of the discussion.
The CAIT has asked the Minister to immediately look in to the matter and advise the concerned officials to rectify the mistake and extend invite to us as well to end discrimination and meet the ends of principle of natural justice.